A38, Junction Kennford; 3 minutes
Fri-Sat noon–midnight (Sun 10.30pm)
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
You’ll wish the Seven Stars was your local. Good ales, farmhouse cider, and tasty food at a reasonable price. Natives chatter at the bar and shoot pool, whilst couples and families fill the dining-room tables. A cinema club and weekly quiz reinforce community links and open-door policy. The interior is quirky-rustic: leather chesterfield next to the log-burner, a table fashioned from an old pub mirror, metro tiles behind the bar and a grandfather clock in the corner. At the back there’s a wonderful secret garden with sheltered wooden booths, deck chairs and AstroTurf lawn.
Food is a couple of notches up from pub grub, brought forth from the kitchen by smiley staff: perhaps a hand-pressed burger, pan-fried fillet of hake with crispy pancetta, wild venison with gratin potatoes and celeriac purée, or goats cheese, beetroot and spinach risotto, rounded off with fruit crumble or crème brûlée. Pizzas are some of the best (and biggest!) in Exeter and are available all day to eat in or takeaway.